There are many things that make Mumbai…Mumbai. One of those things is Mumbai’s historic Horse Carriages. These horse carriages have been around since forever and are a part of Mumbai’s heritage. In simple terms, Horse carriages have been around since Ae Dil Hai Mushkil to Humko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai Pyaar to Hum Tum.
And every tourist that ever came to Mumbai has a picture near Gateway Of India with a Victoria. These Victorias that are a part of our tradition went from being a mode of transport to a symbol of leisure. And nobody ever thought it was time to stop because why would we? They’re a part of our heritage, after all, we couldn’t let go of something that was eminent to our Bollywood chronicle.
So it took people long but animal rights activists woke up along with PeTA and battled for a year and soon enough a court order was passed.
Because lets face it, this was not cool .
And though the order was passed last year, it will be be implemented in June when horse carriages will disappear for good. According to the court ruling, 130 carriages will be phased out by June, 2016 and the government also plans to compensate horse owners and riders for their loss of livelihood.
P.S.: Victorias will always be a part of Bombay, but now our heritage won’t be hurting anyone.